Thursday, January 12, 2006

Granny Square pattern, with pictures (scene one, take two)

Edit #2 (late November 2006): I've noticed on several forums that a lot of people are using my rectangle granny square pattern. Seen the comment that people are worried about the long sides of the afghan narrowing while the corners on the short ends stick out. This is perfectly normal. Once your afghan starts getting bigger the weight of the afghan will make things even out. You dont need to do anything special to fix it.

EDIT: November 2006 -- I've found several of my pictures in other sites on the internet...I dont mind people giving out the LINK to my blog, but I do mind people lifting my pictures and claiming that the items in the pictures were personally made by them. (I think at least one picture was being hotlinked from my photobucket account. bad bad ju ju!)

I'll be gradually putting copyright info on my pictures, altho, it's probably a little late now...

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Here's hoping the power doesnt go all wonky on me again (and it could...there's a heck of a wind storm going on outside)



I had posted the pattern for the Giant Rectangle granny square pattern a few months back, but never got the pictures posted. So I'm reposting the pattern now, and I'll post the pictures below it in sequential order so that the visual crocheters can see how I start the afghan.




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This is a crochet pattern that was taught to me by my late grandmother. I never had a written out copy of the pattern since I had it memorized. To the best of my knowledge, it's something she came up with on her own, and since the words in the pattern are mine, this pattern is copyrighted to me. Please do not sell the pattern. Some pattern designers dont want you to sell any item you might have made with their patterns. I'm not one of those... If you think you can get some money for a finished afghan you might make with this pattern, go right ahead, who am I to stop you...just dont sell my pattern to anyone.

Thanks to the people who helped me write it out and tested it for clarity for me.

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Rectangular Granny Afghan

Special stitches: (corner shells are 3 dc, ch-1, 3 dc)

Hint: when fastening off leave a long tail to be worked in later so the stitches won’t come apart.

Round 1:
ch 48

Dc in 4th ch from hook and next 2 chs, ch1 *sk 1 ch, dc in next 3chs, ch 1* repeat from * to * across (9 more times) ending with 1 dc in last ch. fasten off leaving a long tail to weave in


Round 2:
Attach new yarn in last ch-1 sp before the last dc. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch-1 in same sp, 3 dc, ch-1, 3 dc, ch-1 inside dc loop, working on other side of starting ch (3 dc, ch-1 in each sp across) until ch 4 loop (3dc, ch-1, 4 times in loop), (3dc, ch-1 in each sp across) joining with sl st in first dc.

Round 3: Attach yarn in first ch-1 sp of row 2 (ch 3, 2 dc, ch-1, 3dc ch-1 in same sp for corner, 3 dc, ch-1 in next sp, (3 dc, ch-1, 3 dc, ch-1 in next sp for corner) 3 dc, ch-1 in each sp across joining in ch 3.

Round 4: continue in pattern until size desired.

For more than one row of same color after joining sl st to the first ch sp and work in pattern.


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And now...the pictures :)

This is what it looks like once you complete the starting chain, and the First Round

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And once you've attached the yarn for Round 2 (I like to crochet over the loose tails at the start of the afghan, helps me later when I go back to weave the tails in once I'm done)

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This is how the increases should look

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Join with a slip stitch (if not changing the yarn color, you can sl st in the next dc, and sl st in the ch 1 sp and then chain 3 and dc twice in the ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 3 times in the same space)

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(note: I changed colors so you can see how each stitch looks from one round to the next)

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And this is how it should look once you're finished with the Third Round. Once you get to this point, you should be able to follow the established pattern until the afghan is the size you want it to be.

You can pretty much make this afghan as big as you want. I've made crib sized afghans, queen sized afghans, and even a table doily with this pattern. I've always found it to be one of the easiest patterns for me to do, and one of the fastest.

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Edit: January 2010



posting a picture or two of completed rectangle afghans.

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Rectangle granny with fringe 2004

Rectangle Granny2 June 2004

Grandma O\'Neil with Xmas afghan I made for her (purple afghan behind her was made for my aunt Mary) Jan 2001

In the picture with the Christmas themed afghan, there's a purple, white and black rectangle afghan folded on the back of the chair too..

Giant rectangle granny I made for my uncle Frank. I think this is also the very first scrap afghan I ever made.

The gray and red afghan at the top was one that I made for a cousin's kid, the patriotic one was one that I also made for a cousin's kid...probably the sibling of the first one, the one with the variegated red, white and blue is one that I made for a friend of mine. It was a scrap + a variegated color in between each color change, the Christmas one was for my grandmother...the purple, black and white one in that same picture was one I made for my aunt Mary, and the last afghan was probably one of my first scrap afghans. I made that one for my uncle Frank, who kept it in the sleeper cab of his 18 wheeler when he was out driving.

163 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Dot said...

Good job on the afghan, Erin, I was looking for a rectangle type granny square earlier this week, now I know where to find it. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

ErinLindsey said...

Thanks Dot...

Anonymous said...

Erin,
Don't worry too much about what people who don't know the whole story think! You did a great job on the afghan - and you are a terrific daughter to your parents who love and adore you and GREATLY appreciate your presence and sacrifice. HRStudent

ErinLindsey said...

Thanks HRStudent :)

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Vims said...

Thanks Erin! I love the pictures! I am a very visual person and this helped a lot!

ErinLindsey said...

you're welcome.

:)

Suzetta said...

This is the rectangle granny I always use and I love the great job you did on the photos.

Suzetta said...

Oops, not exactly like the one I make but very close. And I still think the photos are great. Thanks again for posting them.

ErinLindsey said...

:) Glad you liked the pictures.. I was afraid they wouldnt help anyone, and people would think I was nuts for doing them...

Carol Thomas said...

I really like your granny!!!
I've been looking for a bigger, rectangular granny.
Thank You so much for sharing!!
Carol

Carol Thomas said...

Good Evening Erin
Thank You for leaving a comment on my blogspot, & you're right, we can crochet with the big yarn stashes we have!!
I thank You for being so gracious & sharing your pattern instructions, I haven't ever crocheted a big granny until now!!
So Smile & feel good, you made me so happy, and it really does go fast!! The next color I was thinking about using is heather grey, with the other 2 colors I'm using, that should look nice!!
Have A Lovely Weekend,
Carol

Carol Thomas said...

Erin!!
I can follow your pattern instructions because it is worded how I can understand it, & most of the time, it's hard for me to follow a pattern because the commas, dots, etc... are in the wrong place, & to me, it's important to have everything where it's supposed to be, like when you said for the (3DC CH1 in the space,) so when I sit down to crochet a pattern, it comes out like the picture shows it!!
Hope You have A great Evening!! :)
Carol

Carol Thomas said...

I forgot one thing, the pictures you have along with the instructions, made all the difference!! when I read a pattern, then look at the pictures also, I know what I'm supposed to do!!

Carol Thomas said...

Erin!!
I wanted to ask you, how do you wash your granny's??
Hope you have a nice day.
Carol

Carol Thomas said...

Hi Erin
Thank you for answering my question, I also use RH Super Saver Yarn, whenever I crochet, I really like the RH yarns.
I don't know whether to give it away as a gift, or keep it & put it over the back of our love seat in the livingroom, anyway I'll put it through the drier as you said, to make sure the ends are going to stay in.
Carol

ErinLindsey said...

Carol, I had emailed you, but then I thought people coming to my blog might want to know the answer to your question about washing. So, I'm also answering the question here.

I wash the rectangle grannies on the gentlest cycle, and dry in the dryer. Sometimes, when I'm giving the afghan as a gift, I dont wash it, but will run it thru the dryer with a dryer sheet to soften up the yarn (I use Red Heart)

Carol Thomas said...

Erin
I don't have any drier sheets, so the grey & blue granny hasn't been put in the drier yet.
The granny I'm crocheting now, will be put in the washer (delicate cycle) & drier ( low temp.) we are going to keep this one, I'll take a picture of it tomorrow, & put in on my blog.
Carol

Cindy said...

Hi Erin,
Just found your blog with the granny rectangle afghan. One question is and I may have overlooked it is...What size hook is the best to use? Im gonna make one for my Grandson...Thanks bunches and have a great day...

ErinLindsey said...

I've used just about every hook size with this pattern. If I was you, I'd go with what's comfortable.

My favorite hook size is the "I" hook. That's usually the first one I'll grab when sitting down to make a rectangle.

Just use your favorite hook.

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin: New to this group and it sounds like you are definitely a great crocheter. I am just a beginner and looking for a simple (and I mean simple) pattern to do in varigated red, white and blue. All the ripples I have tried just don't look correct (which is probably me)but can't seem to make them look like the pictures.
Any help you can give a frustrated what-to-be-a-good-crocheter would be greatly appreciated.
Cassie (cheyenne kid)

Deneen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with me-the tutorial is terrific!

ErinLindsey said...

You're welcome Deneen. I like it when patterns have lots and lots of how-to pictures in them, so I figured I needed to do the same. :)

flybabytina said...

I have been looking for a rectangular granny pattern that I like (was harder than I figured it should have been to find) I really like how yours has a solid center. Thanks so much for all the explaining pictures!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanx for sharing the pattern. The Afghan is beautiful. I love the colors you used. I'm going to try and make it.

angie said...

Hi,
Your afghans are beautiful. I want to try and make some for christmas presents. I am pretty new at this. I was just wondering how many rounds of each color you did?
thanks
angie

ErinLindsey said...

Angie. It just depends on what I want the afghan to look like.

Altho, I usually do 3 rounds of a color. Then I'll do one round of another color before changing colors again to a different color.

The one round of a color usually stays constant throughout the afghan.

Rosemary said...

Erin, I am really glad that you shared this pattern on your blog. Your photos help a lot, too. I am never good at knowing when to change colors, so I was glad to read your thoughts on that subject.
Thanks again!

ErinLindsey said...

You're welcome Rosemary. (I have a cousin with that name)

The reason why I put the pictures with the pattern is because I'm more of a visual crocheter than one who reads patterns. I figured there are other crocheters who are the same way and want to see how things are done, rather than just read about it and then guessing if they're doing it right or not.

I also had seen another pattern that was poorly written (the Seraphina shawl) where the person put pictures with it. The pattern was so hard to follow, but if you looked at the pictures, you had a minor chance of actually figuring out how to make the shawl. I thought she went overboard on the text in the pictures, but at least she had the pictures.

I decided to keep mine as simple as possible and hope that people would understand it.

Patricia said...

Erin, thank you very much for your pattern and pictures. You put a lot of effort and patience into taking the pics at just the right/useful places, and I appreciate your thoughtfulness very much. You make a great teacher! Love your pattern, and intend to launch into one this week for christmas gifting and such. Thanks again and keep up the good work :-) Oh, and I hope your eye/vision is ever so much better!
On the red heart softness thing (dryer sheets, etc), I wondered whether you had noticed any difference in achieving softness with RH items in the time since Red Heart started using another yarn supplier (when they switched from 8/6oz to 7/5 oz skeins about a year ago)? I have RH yarn in both, and the later stuff seems rougher.....

Anonymous said...

here from crochetville and I love this pattern. I will try it soon! :)

yarnmamapanj said...

Hi! I am over from the Ville and I love the afghan! It reminds me of the one my Granny taught me as a child. Thanks for sharing this with us. The pictures to go along with this is GREAT!!! You did a good job.
Now I need to get busy using up my stash! LOL
Be Blessed!
Panj

Laura said...

Erin,

I'm kind of "late" in finding you but thanks to Carol T. and her graciousness, she sent me your link and gave me some wonderful help in order to begin this afghan.

It is so lovely and you've done a great job with the instructions.....but the pictures are what really does it for me. I'm much more oreiented to 'seeing' it in order to get started. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is a great pattern! You did a wonderful job explaining it and everything. I'm always looking for a good afghan pattern to make for charities, and I love doing grannies. I don't like joining them, so this is great! :) I will make one using scraps soon, since I have a lot of scraps!!! Again, you did a wonderful job explaining, and thank you!!

Stephanie said...

I followed a link to your wonderful instructions! Thanks so much!! Back when I first learned how to crochet (12?) I wanted to do this kind of pattern and couldn't figure out how to do the rectangle in the center. I'm sure your grandmother would be proud of your talents!

I loved that jeweltone yarn. It's a shame they discontinued it. I made 2 baby sweaters from it..really cute.

Anonymous said...

Erin, add me to your list of grateful crocheters. The pictures just make it easy to confirm that pattern is being done correctly. Wish others offering something "new" or out of the ordinary followed your lead ... or at least a small pic of what the completed article looks like. Thanks for sharing! I'm sure Grandma is proudly smiling down on you. :o)
Kitty

Chatty said...

Thank you, Erin, for posting this. I've been wanting to know how to do a giant granny for a long time.

I've bookmarked it for a future leftover project.

punkydevil01 said...

I think it looks very good love it I think i may have to make one for myself.... good job

Carol said...

Hi,
I just started the afghan tonight. It will be a gift - hopefully!

Carol L.

Anonymous said...

Erin, your pattern is so clear and precise. I love being able to see the individual rows and each in a seperate color! Makes things much clearer. I had made 'rectangle squares' years ago from a pattern I found online, that called for starting with a foundation chain of 22. However, looking at your work, I can see where I made many mistakes! Thanks for the great instructions and I look forward to making a great new afghan!

Vicki said...

Erin, thanks for being so generous with your pattern and so precise with your photos. What a great tutorial.

Vicki

JoAnn said...

I want to thank your late grandmother for her pattern, and you for posting it. I've been crocheting for YEARS and had never created a "Giant Granny Square" afgan that I felt was worthy for gift giving purposes -- precisely because I could not find anyone to show me how to adjust the general pattern so as to form a rectangle.

I'm now on my THIRD rectangular afgan, and each one looks better than the one before it. Now I can hardly wait for the next "occasion" so that I can start giving my lovely afgans away! :)

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Adjustments I have made to your general pattern:

1. I feel most comfortable using the larger hooks (using larger hooks also makes the work go faster), so I've been using my "N" hook. The stiches may appear to be looser, but the end effect is actually quite lovely;

2. Because I've been using my "N" hook, I've also been double stranding my work (I've been a bit reluctant to see how varigated yarn would look if double stranded, but I think I'm going to give THAT a try on my next afgan);

3. I've been using the TREBLE stich (instead of the double crochet). This, too, is an accommodation to my use of the larger "N" hook (the holes may be larger, but, because of the additional weight -- I guess -- this approach is producing nice warm and cozy afgans nevertheless; and

4. Perhaps it is my personal "tension", but I am finding that my corners are coming out better if I form them with "2 trebles, 2 chains, 2 trebles, 1 chain" rather than "3 stiches, 1 chain, 3 stitches, 1 chain".

Thanks again.

JoAnn said...

It's me again :).

And I came back to say that I have been "playing" with this pattern for a number of different "ideas" (e.g., afgans, scarves, placemats, etc.) and it has not yet disappointed me.

But I wanted to share a couple of things, too.

FIRST OF ALL, I have found that the pattern can be manipulated/adjusted for just about ANYTHING rectangular.

It's actually a 4 stitch/chain configuration on your FOUNDATION row (EXCEPT if you are using -- as I prefer to do -- TREBLE stiches rather than double crochets you need to add 1 more chain stitch. Therefore, your FOUNDATION row should be 4 x any number + 1 and your initial treble should be stitched into the
FIFTH chain from the hook (rather than the FOURTH if you are using dc).

Other variations I have configured and been working with:

* scarves: chain 80 (or 81) to 120 (or 121) and work the pattern until your scarf equals 7 inches wide. This should create a rectangular scarf that approximates 54 - 66 inches long. Add a fringe and it's BEAUTIFUL!

* For infant afgans: if using a 4 ply worsted yarn, reduce the initial FOUNDATION chains to 24 (or 25); if using a "baby soft" yarn, reduce the initial FOUNDATION chains to 32 or 36 (or 33 or 37)

* For toddler afgans: if using a 4 ply worsted yarn, reduce the initial FOUNDATION chains to 28 (or 29); if using a "baby soft" yarn, reduce the initial FOUNDATION chains to 36 or 40 (or 37 or 41)

* I constructed 4 Rectangular PLACEMATS using my preferred "N" hook, a heavier "chenile" yarn, and my preferred TREBLE stitch and felt that a 17 chain stitch FOUNDATION row (16 chains if using dc) and working 6 "rounds" (for a total of 13 rows) worked very nicely for my purposes (I have not yet attempted this type of project using dc stitches, but I'm thinking that a 20 (or perhaps 24) stitch FOUNDATION row and 8 or 10 "rounds" would work well here.

* I haven't yet tried it, but I am assuming that a rectangular TABLECLOTH can be created using a cotton "twine" and one of the smaller hooks, beginning with a 120-160 FOUNDATION row.

* To my PLEASURE, I learned that OVAL "things" (in my world, placemats but I can see this for afgans, too) can be created by following Erin's pattern EXCEPT, at the corners, instead of stitching 3 dcs (or trebles) + a chain 4 times (16 stitches, including "spaces"), you stitch only 12 stitches (3 dcs or trebles + a chain 3 times).

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I LOVE TO CROCHET. And Erin's pattern has made my experience so much more enjoyable for me, I cannot tell you.

Thsnk you -- again -- Erin for sharing this "secret" with the rest of us. :)

-- JoAnn

Xeen said...

Thank you for sharing this! Its exactly what I was looking for and I don't think I'm too incompetent to pull it off. What a great stash buster.

Liz said...

Thank you for this pattern, one of our ladies at our sight made it for charity, if you go to our sight it is the home page picture, You should look, it is so pretty. She told me about your sight and now I'm going to give it shot either for our charity or for a gift.
Lizzie
Crafting For a Cause

Bri said...

Ahhh, FINALLY someone who has step by step instructions WITH pictures for beginners...I love you! :) I've been visiting other "How To" sites, and the instructions are almost foreign. :P Thank you so much, this was extremely helpful! I love your Granny squares.

Laura said...

Hi Erin,
Just stopping by again to let you know how grateful I am for your shared pattern and wonderful pictures.

The last time I tried this 'ghan, I just wasn't getting it (who knows why) but after trying several other patterns with no success, I came back to yours and sat at my computer for the first 4 rounds or so and VOILA!!

I'm off and running with this and I couldn't have done it without your pictures and wonderful instructions.....you go, girl!

Karan said...

Hi Erin
I followed your link over from the CAL on Craftster as my husband has decided I NEED to make him a huge granny square blanket like he had as a child : )
Thank you so much for sharing your pattern, especially the pics : ) they will help me no end!

Karan

Anonymous said...

Beautiful job! I think I'm gonna get started on one as a Christmas gift! Thanks for posting the pattern!

rajkonya@yahoo.com said...

Dear Erin: your directions are so clear and simple - I have always been confused about joining colors and negotiating that bend - and now I can! Your sample with the blue, white and red is simply gorgeous. Now I am inspired anew to go back to mine and complete it!
Thank you again.

Rajkonya

Barbie Girl said...

I cannot wait to get started on this. Wonderful instructions and pictures. I've just started a basic granny square blanket for myself but I was really hoping to find something more along the lines of your pattern!

Guess what I'll be "ripping out" this evening and starting anew?

Leigh Anne

BG

Angel793086 said...

Thanks for posting this! I've only been crocheting about a month and I did a regular open granny square "lapghan" but I think this rectangular granny square will look much nicer as a larger afghan. Your directions are very easy to understand too!

DustysSweety03 said...

Thanks such great and clear instructions. I can't wait to try this out.

PGM35 said...

Thanks for the pattern and pictures. Have you tried it with just one yarn and not change colors? I have a mixed yarn - ombre I think it's called - and no need to change colors or add them in. I was just continuing around - hopefully it will work out the same way! Thanks again!

BitingMonkey said...

Erin,
I'm glad to find this pattern. I just started making a baby blanket. I was wondering if it made a difference to have 4 groups of 3 dc or 3 groups of 3 dc when starting the 2nd row. (in your example when you start using the white yarn)? I will send you some pics when i get further into the blanket.

Adrienne

Carol said...

Erin tried making this afghan tonight I found out how to have the corners smooth and square, between the two sets of the 3 double crochets on the corner I do 2 sc between them instead of 1 this gives a smoother square edging. I pulled this out several times and knew there had to be a way to look better. I do love your pics they help a lot for me to follow. I want to thank you for your pattern. I hope this help other's who may have curling corner edges. Carol R

ErinLindsey said...

Try crocheting looser if the corners are curling.

ErinLindsey said...

Also, if your corners are curling, when you put the edging on it, Do the edging in half double crochet. Put SIX half doubles in each corner. Works pretty good for me for flat corners.

Anonymous said...

Erin, I have crocheted for 50 years and I have never found a pattern that is so easy to understand and with great photos. I am making my Mother one using your pattern in shades of green and then I am going to make one for a friends child who is turning 3, her favorite colors are pink and ourple, should be interesting! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Molly

Vickie said...

Hi Erin!
I'm another crochetville person, and I found this link through there. I have made several of these, and I LOVE THEM! I do a lot of work with charities, and this one is just turns out to be the perfect shape and size for a lapghan or child's blanket. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern and beautiful pictures! You're great!
Vickietoria on crochetville :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great pattern! I'm starting a rectangle granny square now. I plan to teach the yarn group I belong how to do this. We knit and crochet for local charity. Your pictures really help.

Leah said...

Grr! I've tried doing this, but my crochet skills are.. awful. Once I get the hang of it I'm definitely gonna try this again because I love the way it looks. <3

Lauren said...

I was wondering if you could do me a favor and measure one of these afghans for me. I'm trying to get an idea of the ratio of length to width. I want to make one about 36 x 48, and I will probably have to play with the length of the starting chain.

Thank you so much.

By the way, your pattern is featured on Ravelry. You mentioned on 7/1 that you were getting some hits.

Patricia said...

Thanks for the pattern and the photos. I haven't crocheted in 40 years and now my daughter wants me to make a granny square afghan similar to one she saw in our local yarn store. Your instructions and photos are bringing it all back to me....I'm on my way to crocheting my first afghan in a long, long time.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Erin,
Thank you for sharing your pattern. I usually make two or three small squares; then sew them together to get a rectangle granny. This is so much nicer.
Again, Thanks, Kathy

Faye said...

Erin,
I have to thank you for sharing your pattern. I do have one question. If you are not changing the yarn after the first round, where do you slip stitch to? It may be a dumb question, but I am not usually a big pattern follower, and I really really really wanna make this blanket for me! Also, what size hook do you use?

ErinLindsey said...

Faye, when I do the foundation round, I usually will finish off that row by cutting the yarn, and just adding new yarn with a slip stitch in the space between the last 3dc and the last dc in the row.

Join it with a slip stitch (make a slipknot, join it to the ch1 in the space between the last 3dc and the last dc), and then chain 3.

Does that help any?

I do it that way even if I'm not changing colors. I think it looks better that way.

Faye said...

Erin,
it sounds helpful!!! I will let you know when I get a chance to try it.
Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern!

heather said...

I can't say how happy I am that you have this pattern posted with such clear instructions. My great grandmother made me exactly this afghan (different colors of course) almost 30 years ago, and I've never known how to replicate the pattern until now. Thank you!

Debra Harlach said...

Erin,

Thanks so much for the pattern. I have been looking for this for a very long time. I am making an afghan for my son and this will be perfect since he is 6'2" I am using Lamb's Pride yarn, simply beautiful.

Thanks again,

Debra

Anonymous said...

Erin,
This is a great pattern and the pictures are a wonderful addition. My mother long gone now could never follow a pattern but could pick up any piece of crochet and instantly figure out how to replicate it. I guess I'm getting more like her because I tend to look at the pictures rather than text. Can't wait to get started on one.

Linda

Jossan said...

Its a great afghan! I was thinking about making a rectangular one, as I have seen yours, but didnt look at the pattern.
So I was thinking on how to do, and then I read your pattern, and find out that my thought was excatly like your pattern!
I will put it on my to-do-list, for the future! :)

taskfactory said...

I love the granny rectangle. It lends itself to projects that I usually get very bored with...here are two links to things I've adapted your instructions to make. Thanks! http://www.flickr.com/photos/9100255@N07/3129175754/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/9100255@N07/3129174906/

taskfactory said...

Thanks for the granny rectangle. I've adapted it to some projects that I have been wanting to make, with a little something "different". Here are the links to my projects. Afghan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9100255@N07/3129174906/ I added a couple of crocheted flowers to perk up the center block. Scarf and hat: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9100255@N07/3129175754/ I made my chain with about 244 chain stitches.

TeaMouse said...

I just saw this in Ravelry and I have to say I've never seen such a pattern. I'm going to have to give this a try, what a neat idea doing a rectangle Granny square.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I've been wanting to make a granny square afghan, but didn't know how to start. This is perfect to get me started!

kristie said...

I love this pattern. Thanks so much for sharing.

knitv said...

Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial. It's gorgeous on Ravelry. I'm sorry people have been representing your work as their own, that sucks!

alinashea said...

This is such a great tutorial! I've been very into the granny stitch lately (just learned it last month) and this is perfect for rugs, blankets, shawls... Well, you know. Thank you so much for posting this.

ShaylaMyst

stephanie j. said...

Thanks for the well-written and detailed tutorial. (I found the link to your pattern over on Ravelry.) Going to do this in Cotton-Tots light pink, medium pink, cream and yellow for a baby blankie.

Marlene said...

Erin, Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern and pictures. I love, love, love it. You are such an angel for sharing your life and great talents with all of us. I see this has been up since 2006, I am a little late in finding your blog, but so happy I did. Marlene from Michigan

Bevy said...

WOW - this is great instructions on how to do the stitches. I found you on Ravelry. :) Thanks! I'm Bevy on Ravelry if you want to check out my little Granny Square afghan ... :)

Crazee4Crochet said...

I have only 3 little words to shout out...

"I LOVE IT!!!"

This is the easiest retangular granny pattern I have found. Thank you so very much. This will make a great addition to my preemie donations.

Weedie

Anonymous said...

i want to say ty for the great pattren it is easy to read and the pics help out a great deal keep up the great work

Val said...

Your pictures are extremely helpful...thank you for the meticulous instructions!

mikey said...

Hi - I'm going to start this afgan this weekend - love the idea of a rectangle. I know you took the completed photo down. Is there anywhere I can see what it looks like completed? Thanks!

ErinLindsey said...

Mikey, I could have sworn I had a picture of the completed afghan on here. I have to leave in a few minutes (dentist appt) but I'll post a completed picture for you when I get home.

Barbara said...

Just found your blog and your granny rectangle tutorial pictures are wonderful, as is the pattern. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

sharon said...

the free afghan pattern! I have been wanting to try this pattern for a long time but never saw is for free.I have been crocheting since I was 8 years old and it is my passion!

Anonymous said...

I have made granny square baby blankets and have always wanted to try the rectangular ones but could not find the pattern until now. I am going to try and thank you for the easy pattern. I will let you know how it comes out.

Susan said...

I love your grannys and will definitely be trying the pattern. I've never used the granny for anything but small squares and I'd like a rectangle for a lap robe for the residents in nursing homes that our group donates to. I bought a lot of yarn online for a shrug and then found that it was just too 'busy', but I think it will be perfect for a 'lapghan'. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern and pictures. I'm a crocheter who benefits from both. Susan

Anonymous said...

Linda says "Thank You" so much. I have never made one of these. Learned to crochet at age 7. Don't know much about computers, don't have e-mail yet, don't know how. My daughter got me this far. Thanks again. Will try this pattern and try to let you know how it turns out.

Audrey said...

Love your pattern of rectangular granny afghan.Would like to know how many skeins of yarn you used of each color.It wasn't on your pattern.
Thanks,Anna

ErinLindsey said...

I dont remember how many skeins of yarn I've used on the afghans. Sometimes I'll try to keep track, but I'm one of those people who are bad at record keeping.

If I had to guess, for an average sized rectangle afghan, maybe three skeins of each color? Maybe 4 or 5?? That would be the 7 ounce skeins of Red Heart Super Saver. (I've since quit using Red Heart so much...)

It's been awhile since I've made a rectangle granny, and I cant really remember since I was not really keeping track of how much yarn I was using.

CoCo said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I've been looking for something pretty yet simple to make blankets for my friends baby. Your pictures are very easy to follow, so this is right up my alley. =)
Your blankets are so beautiful! Thanks again.

c.

Nancy said...

Hi, thank you so much for this pattern and for posting the photos. I am a beginner who have only ever done the standard granny square blanket if someone started me off, but with this pattern with photos, I was able to do it all by myself. Thank you again, you have made me a very happy lady.

Anonymous said...

Dear Erin, thank you so much for posting your beautiful rectangle afghan. I did see the post where the lady is showing how to do it and talking about the pattern. I was trying to do it the way she did but got very confused. I have looked your pattern over so now I am really anxious to get going on it. Thank you for posting the pattern and show the pictures along with it.

Abuela Marty said...

Dear Erin,
I picked up your pattern during the big East coast snow storm to use up some scrap yarn. I ended up with a blanket that was narrower than I would have liked. THEN, it flashed on me... this is perfect for a hospital bed! So, blanket was finished and given to a friend recovering from a brain aneurysm. What a blessing your pattern was! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your rectangular afghan pattern!!! I've been looking for a good one for a long time. I've got lost of left over yarn that I want to work up for another "Joseph Blanket", I named it that because of it's many colors.

Thanks for blessing me and allowing me to bless others with some lovely gifts!!!!

Anita Swayne, TX

Lisee13 said...

Thank you for posting this pattern. I have been looking for a similar pattern for years. This one works up so quickly! I am currently working on an afghan using this pattern. Check out the photos of it on my blog. (Plus, on my page, I link back to yours!)

http://lisee13.blogspot.com/2010/06/hooking-along.html

Debora McFann said...

Erin,
Beautiful pattern! Just what I have been looking for; I will send you a picture when I am finished, if you would like, I am sure that you already have thousands!
Thanks again, Debora

Anonymous said...

Erin, Bless you for sharing. I hope people just use your pattern to make homemade gifts, and the likes. Your attention to detail is wonderful and I can't express how much I appreciate your sharing. You mentioned your life is boring, but sweetie let me tell you, your generosity and gentile ways may not be like New Year's Eve, but you're just the kind of person I'd want for a close friend. Would you really want fireworks every day?! Again, thank you so much for this pattern. I just found it and am excited to start one right away!
Smile & the world smiles with you!
Grammy

Toria said...

Thank you for this pattern. I'm only a beginner at crochet, but this is super clear & easy even for me to follow.

2 Monkeys in a Bag said...

Thank you, thank you for this pattern. Your instructions are so well done. I have been looking at several patterns to make for my father in-law as a "get well gift" to use when he gets out of the hospital. This pattern would be great since I haven't crochet in years and I am pretty rusty.

Kristi said...

I am excited to try your pattern! I have one question though. I saw in a comment that you mentioned the "border" but didn't see anything in the pattern about that so I was of course wondering what I should do for that. Thank you so much!

Margret said...

This is a great pattern. I made it in light yellow, bright yellow, lilac, grape (deep purple) and chocolate for a friend's baby shower present and she adored it. Thanks for posting this pattern!

Brooke said...

i'm having a problem with it rolling while i'm making it. .what could i be doing wrong?

ErinLindsey said...

Brooke, are you doing all the chain 1's in between each group of 3dc's?

Anonymous said...

Just had to say "thank you" for such a great pattern. So quick and easy. I've finished one and started on another just in the last few weeks. This pattern really makes you feel like you're accomplishing something (unlike some that take me months to do). Again - many, many thanks!! (from, a Nana of 5)

froglady said...

Lindsay - just wanted to say I just found your pattern for the Rect. Granny Square and your blog. Seems like a neat pattern adn I am planning to try making it for my granddaugter for his HS graduation. Will work up great in the colors she wants. Will let you know how that works out. I am from NE too - how funny I would find this pattern and your blog! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

How do you weave the strains of yard in to the blanket

ErinLindsey said...

I use a yarn needle.

Towsoner said...

Hi, I saw a link to this pattern on another site. I put it away and it's just now that I am coming back to it. That was like two years a go...lol Maybe I'm missing it, but what size hook are you using for this. I like to try it out first with the size that you used and then work one up later in another size hook.

BTW, if you think you're boring, then I guess I am to. What you listed in your profile for music and movies are just about what I like to. Power To The Boring People!

g.aruljothiKarikalan said...

thank you for the perfect tutorial for rectangle granny square

AshleyDH said...

i am having problems at the end of round two. going by the pictures, when i sl st to join, i'm not in the correct place to begin round 3 ch 3 dc 2 in the ch 1 sp... any help??

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled to learn this pattern. I want to make a baby blanket and am hoping I can do this since I am a newbie... You are so creative and talented! Thanks for sharing. :)

Jennifer Tidwell said...

I stumbled across this post seaching for a granny square pattern. I need to make a gift for someone who is having surgery soon and this will be a quick project in one color.

Julia @ AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns said...

I'm one of the Editors at http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/ and I just wanted to let you know I have linked to your project on our site. You can see the project and thumbnail at: http://allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Granny-Square/Rectangular-Granny-Afghan. I think it's a great project that our readers will just love to make. This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what's new on your site.

g.aruljothiKarikalan said...

really lovely rectangular granny pattern... loved it

Anonymous said...

This is so perfect! I am a beginner and don't know how to read patterns. I've learned to crochet with youtube videos and pictures. This is exactly what I've been looking for!!!Thank you so much!!

Roxy said...

I love this pattern and it's become one of my staples for gift giving. Here's a link to my Ravelry with the first one I made. I'm getting ready to start another as a baby shower gift :-) http://www.ravelry.com/projects/knittyroxy/rectangular-granny-square-afghan

Mary said...

Dear Erin,

I am hoping to crochet your Granny rectangle pattern and end up with a twin bedspread. How many beginning stitches do you suggest I would start with?

It is truly beautiful. You caught me with the pictures.


Thanks for your time.


Sincerely,

Mary Caquelin
eaghra@tx.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Dear Erin,



I am hoping to crochet your Granny rectangle pattern and end up with a twin bedspread. How many beginning stitches do you suggest I would start with?





Thanks for your time.



Sincerely,

Mary Caquelin



eaghra@tx.rr.com

Mary said...

Erin,Your Granny rectangle pattern is just great.
I am hoping to crochet your Granny rectangle pattern and end up with a twin bedspread. How many beginning stitches do you suggest I would start with?

Mary Caquelin

Anonymous said...

I saw a pattern recently for an afghan comprised of grannies in the center but with rectangular grannies as frames. It was two toned; either white and light blue or perhaps the second color was a shade of grey. Of course I can’t find it now. That isn’t a problem I can come up with grannies to complete the field. I was, however, a little sketchy with the rectangular version. I suppose I’m writing to tell you and the world about my stupidity. I have spent days now trying to find the lost pattern and didn’t have sense enough to search for rectangular grannies. It took me much more time to write this note than it took to find your site. DUH! Mom would be so proud. Thanks for the info and I promise I will never steal your pattern. John

redrose51 said...

hi erin. I just found your blog. and love it. never done a rectangle afghan before. Love you picture instructions,. you do beautiful work. Have you done any more afghans recently since your last post? would love to see them. thanks again.

Sandie said...

Sorry you've had your pictures taken without your permission. This has happened to me also and it is discouraging. Thanks for your work.

Melanie said...

Thank you for sharing the awesome pictures and instructions Erin. This must have taken you a lot of time to set up. I am also a visual person. All of your afghans are beautiful! My granny taught me how to crochet a very long time ago and I will never forget the first granny square I ever made. I have been looking for a pattern to make a lapghan and this pattern looks like a perfect fit for someone in a wheelchair. I am sharing this on my blog with a link to you. Thanks again

scrappy guy said...

I was looking for a easy and great pattern for a rectangular granny square and I hit big time with your. Thanks for taking your time, pacience and love to share this with other people... Thanks a lot!!!!!!

cheryll1950 said...

Erin,I absolutely loved your tutorial on rectangular. I'm doing the two strands with the N hook and love it. I need to eat up some yarn. I wish the commercial pattern companies would do it like you did. Leisure Arts take notice. I would love to follow your work. Are you on Revelry? I am so grateful your grandma took the time to teach you this wonderful pattern. Now we can pass it on.

canocat@yahoo.com said...

As many have said, "thanks for sharing the pattern and pictures" The pictures just made my day since I am not good at reading instructions (my mother always read them and then showed me) I have always like the granny squares and this pattern is great. Thanks for your time and grace. Canocat

LamaAbdulaziz said...

so easy, thank you for sharing..

gwyneth said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern. I'm a novice crocheter, and I was able to follow this pattern with no problems. I'm so excited that I didn't have to have help on it. Thanks again!

Laurie Powell said...

I would love to know how to adjust the amount of starting stitches so I can make some long narrow shawls for people that sit in wheelchairs. I have made the ones for their laps but really want to make some for them to wrap around themselves. The rectangle shawl needs to be about 24" X 48" or 24" X 60". Can you help me??? Thank you in advance!!!!

Laurie Powell said...

I have made the rectangle lapghans for wheelchair patients. I really want to make some wheelchair wraps for them to cuddle up in. Can you help me out or maybe you already have made some & have a pattern you would share with me. Thank you in advance!!! I'd like them to be 24" X 48" or 24" X 60". Thanks again!!!

Erin Lindsey said...

I hurt my hands and I'm not Crocheting at the moment, So right now I'm not going to be able to help you. My suggestion would be to go to crochetville. There's a lot of good crocheters there and They might be a Able to help you.

I'm not sure when I'm going to Be able To crochet again.

I'm using dictation software to write this comment hopefully you understand what I just said had the dictation software isn't the best, at least I'm still able to communicate

Laurie Powell said...

I am hoping that you have a speedy recovery!!! Thank you for the quick reply!!! Do you by any chance know what the multiples of the starting chain might be? Thanks again!!!

Anonymous said...

Erin, So sorry to learn that you are having hand problems. Gentle exercise and massage is great if you are allowed it. If I knit too much my left hand complains bitterly, so I go back to crochet with lots of massage of both hands to keep me going or I go and do some machine embroidery. Just change the movements, it all helps.

I just wanted to add a BIG Thank You to you and your Grandmother. Her for teaching you and you for putting it on the internet.
I have been trying for years to find a decent start to a Rectangle Granny. Even been designing my own, but was never happy with the starting chain bit with the clusters being worked therein.
Starting the rug with a stitch in each chain is a brilliant idea. And it appears from some of the comments that your grandmother was not the only one who taught their grandchildren that technique. I am curious as to where those ladies orginated (ie not a colony country such as the US).
Well done to Erin, her grandmother and all the other grandmothers who pass on these skills. Am learning some of the things I missed out on in not having a grandmother.
Thanks PatriciaA.

Erin Lindsey said...

I actually can't use my hands at all now. I'm using dictation software if you're wondering how I am typing.

Hopefully I'll be Able to crochet again.

If I can't crochet Again going to be really pissed.

If the problem Resolves itself i may come back And do a blog post and explain what happened. Right now the dictation software is kind of annoying it takes forever to 'type' Anything.

If it doesn't resolve itself I may still come back and explain.

Amanda said...

i am very sorry to hear you are unable to crochet.

i am looking forward to making one of these for my new business, when i get one made and up for sale, i will give you credit for your wonderful pattern! thanks so much for taking the time to post this!

get better soon!

amanda @ A Winter's Gift

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing. I am a crochet-aholic lol. I love granny squares and never seen one in a rectangle. When i finish the projects i have going,this is the next on the list. Thanks so much for sharing.

Александра Михайлова said...

Работы отличные! Но как-то стыдно на такой элементарный узор авторские права заявлять. Точно также моя бабушка коврики прикроватные вязала 50 лет назад.

Anonymous said...

Erin,
Your hand problem sounds awful. Know what you mean about hoping to get back to crocheting. I wasn't able to crochet or set a stitch in anything for a couple of years. I followed the advice from a rehab person, who said "no craft work at all". I beleive that the 20 mins of craft work - long stitch, crochet, whatever - that I was doing each evening was actually helping me to relax from the stresses that were causing my problems with my hands.
I survived and I do hope that you survive your time too.
I have told so many folk about your pattern and passed it around along with credit to you.
So thanks again for the instructions.
PatriciaA

Mollie said...

Thank you so much for posting this, I like the idea of one giant granny but did know a good way to make it a rectangle. This is the best tuturial I have seen and you pictures are great.

Tena said...

Love this pattern. It is working up so easily and making a beautiful afghan.

Tracee said...

Thanks for posting the pattern and pictures. I have been crocheting for over 20 years and could never figure out a granny rectangle. The pattern is easy to follow and the pictures make it even easier.

msgrace said...

These directions were very detailed. Thanks alot. I copied directions from another blog and I couldn't understand the directions at all and I have been crocheting for a long time.

mary ni leime said...

thanks for sharing the pattern and giving such good details.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how you with how many to start off to get to the right dimensions in the end? I would like to end up with blanket of 100 x 120 cm. Can you advise me asap please?

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin, I want to thank you for sharing your pattern. I too was thought by my grandma when I was 13and have been crocheting for over 39 yrs. I made something similar to your pattern, again thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I used black, white magenta & dark grey....i haven't finished, but so far i love the way it looks!!!

Fay said...

I used your pattern for an afghan for one of my granddaughters for Christmas. I used a varigated pink, black and grey heather yarn and love the look. I would like to add a border of some sort instead of fringe. What do you suggest?

Erin Lindsey said...

I almost always use a half double crochet border. I go around the afghan edge at least twice...

Anonymous said...

Erin, just found your pattern! Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful work.

devma said...

Very nice, I have one that my Grandmother made for me over 40 years ago. Yours is very similar. It is a wonderful gift and lasts, so does the memory of the one who made it. Thank you for the reminder.

Gamma930 said...

Erin,
I made an afghan for my mother probably 30 years ago that looked a lot like this one. She always loved it & I always wanted to make one for me, but never got around to it. I have since forgot/lost the pattern. I'm glad you put your grandmothers pattern into written form. I now can make me one. Thanks again for the great instructions.

James B Fox said...

i like it have created a small one for a window dressing. Am thinking about creating two for a closet cover instead of a curtain etc.
thanks for the pattern

James B Fox said...

Been working on a home decoration project and came up with an idea about join two red white blue strips
working around them. have you done anything like that. i have a true starter apartment and would like to add some color. nothing real fancy.

Erin Lindsey said...

No, I haven't done anything like that. Thought about it tho. If you do it, send me a picture. Or explain how you did it.

James B Fox said...

Done it! it looks good trying to figure a way to lengthen but not widen . I may try matching granny's
on then ends will get a picture of project as is and send it.

James B Fox said...

made two matching grannys and crochet them together longways . made two square grannys and crochet them together in blue and white got length now am going to crochet both pieces and see. will post picture when done